Pinwheel of Death

Unitarian Universalist Choir


SONGS

Writers William Bolcom

Genres Classical, Choral

Recorded 2003

Lyrics Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

DAUGHTER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH,
COY SPRING,
WITH SUDDEN PASSION
LANGUISHING,
TEACHING BARREN MOORS
TO SMILE,
PAINTING PICTURES
MILE ON MILE,
HOLDS A CUP
WITH COWSLIP WREATHES,
WHENCE
A SMOKELESS INCENSE
BREATHES.

COME THE TUMULT
WHENCE IT WILL,
VOICE OF SPORT,
OR RUSH OF WINGS,
IT IS A SOUND,
IT IS A TOKEN
THAT THE MABLE SLEEP
IS BROKEN,
AND A CHANGE
HAS PASSED ON THINGS.

APRIL COLD
WITH DRIPPING RAIN,
WILLOWS AND LILACS
BRINGS AGAIN,
THE WHISTLE
OF RETURNING BIRDS,
AND TRUMPET LOWING
OF THE HERDS.

THE SCARLET MAPLE KEYS
BETRAY WHAT POTENT BLOOD
HATH MODEST MAY,
WHAT THE FIERY FORCE
THE EARTH RENEWS,
THE WEALTH OF FORMS,
THE FLUSH OF HUES
WHAT JOY
IN ROSY WAVES OUTPOURED,
FLOWS FROM THE HEART
OF LOVE,
THE LORD.

THE MILLION-HANDED SCULPTOR
MOULDS
QUAINTEST BUD
AND BLOSSOM FOLDS,
THE MILLION-HANDED PAINTER
POURS OPAL HUES
AND PURPLE DYE
AZALEAS FLUSH
THE ISLAND FLOORS,
AND THE TINTS OF HEAVEN
REPLY.

BEST GEMS
OF NATURE'S CABINET,
WITH DEWS
OF TROPIC MORNING
WET,
BELOVED CHILDREN,
BARDS AND SPRING,
O BIRDS,
YOUR PERFECT VIRTUES
BRING.
YOUR SONG,
YOUR FORMS,
YOUR RHYTHMIC FLIGHT,
YOUR MANNERS
FOR THE HEART'S
DELIGHT,
NESTLE IN HEDGE,
OR BARN,OR ROOF,
HERE WEAVE YOUR CHAMBER
WEATHERPROOF.

FORGIVE OUR HARMS,
AND CONDESCEND
TO MAN,
AS TO A LUBBER FRIEND,
AND,
GENEROUS TEACH
HIS AWKWARD RACE,
COURAGE,
PROBITY AND GRACE.

FOR THOU,
O SPRING!
CANST RENOVATE
ALL THAT HIGH GOD
DID CREATE.
BE STILL HIS ARM
AND ARCHITECT,
REBUILD THE RUIN,
MEND DEFECT
CHEMIST TO VAMP
OLD WORLDS WITH NEW,
COAT SEA AND SKY
WITH HEAVENLIER BLUE,
NEWTINT
THE PLUMAGE OF THE BIRDS,
AND SLOUGH DECAY
FROM GRAZING HERDS,
SWEEP RUINS
FROM THE SCARPED MOUNTAIN.
CLEANSE THE TORRENT
AT THE FOUNTAIN,
PURGE ALPINE AIR
BY TOWNS DEFILED,
BRING TO FAIR MOTHER
FAIRER CHILD,
NOT LESS RENEW
THE HEART AND BRAIN,
SCATTER THE SLOTH,
WASH OUT THE STAIN,
MAKE THE AGED EYE
SUN CLEAR
TO PARTING SOUL
BRING GRANDEUR NEAR.

UNDER GENTLE TYPES,
MY SPRING
MASKS THE NIGHT
OF NATURE'S KING.
AN ENERGY
THAT SEARCHES THROUGH.
FROM CHAOS
TO DAWNING MORROW
INTO ALL OUR HUMAN PLIGHT,
THE SOUL'S PILGRIMAGE
AND FLIGHT
IN CITY
OR IN SOLITUDE,
STEP BY STEP,
LIFTS BAD TO GOOD,
WITHOUT HALTING,
WITHOUT REST,
LIFTING BETTER
UP TO BEST
PLANTING SEEDS
OF KNOWLEDGE PURE,
THROUGH EARTH
TO RIPEN,
THROUGH HEAVEN
ENDURE.
 

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